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2017 Acura TLX Review

The 2017 Acura TLX is a midsize luxury sedan offered in three main trim levels: base, Technology and Advance. Technology and Advance are essentially options packages that are available on both front- and all-wheel-drive TLX models, though Advance requires the V6 engine.

List of Styles Available in Acura TLX 2017

  • 2017 Acura TLX SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) price :41700 USD

  • 2017 Acura TLX SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) price :44900 USD

  • 2017 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) price :32000 USD

  • 2017 Acura TLX Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A) price :39500 USD

  • 2017 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A) price :35450 USD

  • 2017 Acura TLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A) price :42700 USD

  • 2017 Acura TLX Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM) price :36050 USD

Power Train

The 2017 Acura TLX gives you a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6. The 2.4-liter engine generates 206 hp and 182 pound-feet of torque and is offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. The transmission is a specialized gearbox that combines a quick-shifting dual-clutch automated manual with a more traditional torque converter found in standard automatic transmissions for a balance of smooth low-speed engagement with sporty gear changes.

In Edmunds track testing, a four-cylinder TLX accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, which is on the slow side for the segment. The EPA estimates fuel economy with the 2.4-liter engine to be 28 mpg combined (24 city/35 highway). It's an appealing estimate. However, on our mixed-driving evaluation loop where fuel economy typically matches or exceeds the EPA combined figure, we observed a disappointing 23.6 mpg.

The larger 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a more conventional nine-speed automatic that sends power to the front wheels. A torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system is optional for the V6.

Edmunds tested two V6-powered TLX models with all-wheel drive. One completed the sprint to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, while the other needed 6.4 seconds. Although these times can be considered brisk, they're well behind some segment competitors with their optional upgrade engines.

The EPA estimates fuel economy for the V6 at 25 mpg combined (21 city/34 highway) with front-wheel drive and 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 city). Our mixed-driving evaluation loop in an all-wheel-drive V6 TLX yielded a real-world average of 21.2 mpg, which is worse than what we expected.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2017 Acura TLX include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, a multiview rear camera, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver knee airbag.

During testing of both a four- and six-cylinder TLX  models, Edmunds recorded identical stopping distances from 60 mph of 129 feet. That's considerably longer than average for this segment and disappointing for a luxury sport sedan. A subsequent test of another all-wheel-drive V6 TLX stopped in a much more respectable 120 feet, despite wearing the same all-season tires as the previous car.

Optional safety equipment includes electronic pre-tensioning front seat belts, front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision alert, and a collision mitigation system with emergency automatic braking.

In government crash tests this year, the TLX received the top rating of five stars overall, including five stars for total frontal impact safety and five stars for total side impact safety. In its most recent testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the TLX a top Good score for its performance in the moderate-overlap front-impact test as well as Good score for the side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. In the small-overlap front-impact test, however, the TLX earned the second-worst rating of Marginal. Testing of the Advance package's collision mitigation system resulted in a top Superior score.

Whats New

The Acura TLX is unchanged for 2017.

Pros

Quiet cabin at highway speeds; rear seat legroom is generous; ample trunk space and in-cabin storage for small items; typically priced less than German competitors.

Cons

Accelerates sluggishly compared to others in the class; doesn't stop as quickly either; real-world fuel economy not as impressive as advertised.

Interior

The TLX cabin is similar in appearance to that of the larger flagship RLX sedan, featuring a sleek dashboard with swoopy lines that flow continuously into the door panels. The majority of materials are of good quality with the exception of a few trim pieces that aren't quite as substantial as what you'll find in an Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The front seats in the TLX have thick, supple padding and decent lateral support, creating a sporty yet cushy feel. The rear seat is quite plush, too, with a comfortable seatback angle and relatively generous legroom, though headroom might be lacking for tall passengers.

The TLX's standard dual-screen infotainment setup is a bit of an oddity in this segment. The lower touchscreen handles functions including radio and climate controls, while the upper screen displays the navigation map or other status screens on demand. The learning curve for this interface isn't that steep, but some touchscreen controls are tedious to use, and the control knob below the touchscreen can be challenging to reach and manipulate on the move. The graphics are also underwhelming compared to class standouts such as BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI. We do like the impressively balanced sound of the upgrade ELS audio system, though. It's almost reason enough to go with the Technology package.

Trunk space, at 13.2 cubic feet, is about average for this class.

Driving

The four-cylinder TLX may appeal if you're looking for a reliable and reasonably priced luxury sedan, but judged by its performance, it comes up short. Unlike the engines of most entry-level cars in this class, the TLX's 2.4-liter engine isn't turbocharged, which is the reason for it lagging behind. The transmission's Sport+ mode helps matters once you're underway, as downshifts come swiftly and lower gears are held longer, but acceleration remains below par by luxury sedan standards.

More suitable luxury sedan performance can be had with the V6. Passing power is ample once the tachometer needle swings past 4,000 rpm, and the engine emits a pleasing audible snarl at high rpm, too. During our long-term test of an all-wheel-drive TLX, we've noted that the nine-speed automatic transmission sometimes shifts abruptly, which is something to keep in mind on your test drive.

Around town and on the highway, you'll enjoy the 2017 TLX's comfortable and discernibly refined ride. Shoppers who might still associate Acura products with elevated road noise will find a counterpoint in this sedan, as there's little wind or tire roar to interfere with conversations or music. There's also respectable handling when you ask for it, whether you're in the front-wheel-drive models or the all-wheel-drive TLX V6, which can apportion torque to individual wheels to help the car quickly carve through and power out of turns. Acura doesn't offer summer tires as an option, so if you find yourself running up against the limits of the all-season tires, replacing them with summer rubber will further improve the TLX's sport sedan credentials.

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